Legislation & Political Action

CCA/CTA Bill Positions as of 1/24/2020

 

Bill No./Author Prime Committee/CCA Support Description Status
AB 2 Santiago (D-53) CCA Support Community Colleges: California College Promise 10/4/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 509, Statutes of 2019.
AB 30 Holden (D-41) CCA Watch Community colleges: College and Career Access Pathways
partnerships
10/4/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 510, Statutes of 2019
AB 130 Low (D-28) CCA Watch Postsecondary education: Higher Education Performance, Accountability, and Coordination Commission 1/23/2020 – Consideration of Governor’s veto pending
AB 151 Voepel (R-71) CCA Watch Personal income taxes: exclusion: uniformed services: retirement
pay
1/7/2020 – Re-referred to Com. on HIGHER ED
AB 253 Stone, Mark(D-29) CCA Watch Remote court reporting 10/2/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 419, Statutes of 2019
AB 302 Berman(D-24) CCA Watch Parking: homeless students 9/15/2019 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(15). (Last location was INACTIVE FILE on 9/5/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)
AB 381 Reyes(D-47) CCA Support Postsecondary education: sexual assault and sexual violence prevention training: intimate partner and dating violence 7/12/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 87, Statutes of 2019
AB 463 Cervantes(D-60) CCA Support Community colleges: faculty members: loan forgiveness 10/4/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 512, Statutes of 2019
AB 540 Limón(D-37) CCA Watch Postsecondary education: student financial aid: California Dreamer Service Incentive Grant Program 10/4/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 513, Statutes of 2019
AB 541 Gabriel(D-45) CCA Watch Student financial aid: students exempt from paying nonresident tuition 1/17/2020 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(1). (Last location was 2 YEAR on 4/26/2019)
AB 595 Medina(D-61) CCA Support Community colleges: apprenticeship programs 8/30/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 176, Statutes of 2019
AB 700 Friedman(D-43) CCA Watch Public records: exceptions to disclosure: public postsecondary educational institutions: researchers 5/17/2019 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. on 4/2/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)
AB 720 Muratsuchi(D-66) CCA Watch Community colleges: funding: instructional service agreements with public safety agencies 8/30/2019 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 7/1/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)
AB 897 Medina(D-61) CCA Watch Community colleges: part-time employees 1/23/2020 – From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 18. Noes 0.) (January 23). Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading. 1/27/2020 #11 ASSEMBLY SECOND READING FILE — ASSEMBLY BILLS
AB 943 Chiu(D-17) CCA Support Community colleges: Student Equity and Achievement Program funds 10/4/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 515, Statutes of 2019
AB 968 Garcia, Cristina(D-58) CCA Watch Community colleges: naturalist workforce model curriculum 1/23/2020 – In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file. In committee: Held under submission
AB 1000 Cervantes(D-60) CCA Support Student Safety 7/30/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 125, Statutes of 2019
AB 1051 Smith(D-38) CCA Watch Community colleges: temporary faculty members: clinical nursing faculty 9/5/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 234, Statutes of 2019
AB 1150 Gloria(D-78) CCA Watch Community college districts: governing board elections: San Diego Community College District: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District 10/8/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 624, Statutes of 2019
AB 1153 Wicks(D-15) CCA Watch Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Employee Training Act of 2020 1/21/2020 – Stricken from file
AB 1170 Frazier(D-11) CCA Watch Peace officer training: intellectual and developmental disabilities 5/17/2019 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 4/24/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)
AB 1173 O’Donnell(D-70) CCA Watch California State University: Center to Close Achievement Gaps 5/17/2019 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/8/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)
AB 1308 Cunningham(R-35) CCA Watch Students in hotel management or culinary arts programs: tastings 10/2/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 457, Statutes of 2019
AB 1340 Chiu(D-17) CCA Watch Private postsecondary education: California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009: labor market outcome data reporting 10/4/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 519, Statutes of 2019
AB 1341 Berman(D-24) CCA Watch Private postsecondary education: California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 8/30/2019 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 8/12/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)
AB 1344 Bauer-Kahan(D-16) CCA Watch Private postsecondary education: California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009 10/4/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 520, Statutes of 2019
AB 1345 McCarty(D-7) CCA Support Private postsecondary education: California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 8/30/2019 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 8/19/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)
AB 1346 Medina(D-61) CCA Support Postsecondary education: California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009: Student Tuition Recovery Fund 10/4/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 521, Statutes of 2019
AB 1427 Carrillo(D-51) CCA Watch Community colleges: full-time faculty 1/17/2020 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(1). (Last location was 2 YEAR on 4/26/2019)
AB 1466 Irwin(D-44) CCA Watch Employee classification: professional classification: specified educational employees 1/21/2020 – Stricken from file
AB 1504 Medina(D-61) CCA Watch Community colleges: student representation fee: statewide community college student organization: goals 10/4/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 523, Statutes of 2019
AB 1512 Carrillo(D-51) CCA Watch Public postsecondary education: community colleges: course credit for passage of International Baccalaureate examination 1/23/2020 – From committee: Do pass. To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 18. Noes 0.) (January 23). Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.
1/27/2020 #74 ASSEMBLY CONSENT CALENDAR 1ST DAY-ASSEMBLY BILLS
AB 1571 Kiley(R-6) CCA Watch Postsecondary education: Free Speech on Campus Act 1/17/2020 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(1). (Last location was 2 YEAR on 6/4/2019
AB 1645 Rubio, Blanca(D-48) CCA Support Student support services: Dreamer Resource Liaisons 10/12/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 788, Statutes of 2019
AB 1727 Weber(D-79) CCA Support Community colleges: career development and college preparation courses 1/21/2020 – Stricken from file
AB 1729 Smith(D-38) CCA Support Pupils: attendance at community college 10/12/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 784, Statutes of 2019
SB 3 Allen(D-26) CCA Watch Office of Higher Education Coordination, Accountability, and Performance 8/30/2019 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 7/10/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)
SB 52 Atkins(D-39) CCA Watch The Cal Grant Program: Cal Grant C awards 5/17/2019 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 4/8/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)
SB 150 Beall(D-15) CCA Watch Student financial aid: Chafee grant awards 10/4/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 525, Statutes of 2019
SB 173 Dodd(D-3) CCA Support CalFresh: postsecondary student eligibility: workstudy 7/30/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 139, Statutes of 2019
SB 291 Leyva(D-20) CCA Support Postsecondary education: California Community College Student Financial Aid Program 7/10/2019 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was HIGHER ED. on 6/6/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)
SB 354 Durazo(D-24) CCA Support California DREAM Loan Program: graduate degree programs 10/4/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 526, Statutes of 2019
SB 461 Roth(D-31) CCA Support Student financial aid: Cal Grants: summer term students 7/10/2019 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was HIGHER ED. on 6/6/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)
SB 462 Stern(D-27) CCA Watch Community colleges: Urban and Rural Forest and Woodlands Restoration and Fire Resiliency Workforce Program 8/30/2019 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 8/14/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)
SB 484 Portantino(D-25) CCA Watch Public postsecondary education: community college transfer students 1/13/2020 – Stricken from file. Veto sustained
SB 563 Roth(D-31) CCA Support CalFresh: postsecondary student eligibility: workstudy 7/30/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 139, Statutes of 2019
SB 575 Bradford(D-35) CCA Support Cal Grants: student eligibility 1/13/2020 – Stricken from file. Veto sustained
SB 586 Roth(D-31) CCA Support College and Career Access Pathways partnerships 10/4/2019 – Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 529, Statutes of 2019
SB 777 Rubio(D-22) CCA Watch Community colleges: full-time instruction 7/10/2019 – Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was HIGHER ED. on 6/6/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

Info on Legislation

California State Legislature Bill Search
An important reminder about the California State Legislature website:
At this Legislature link, you will find a variety of crucial information about your state legislators and the legislative process, including:

  • A lookup to find your legislator (both Assembly and Senate)
  • Information on current bills
  • Budget information
  • Committee membership and scheduled hearings
  • Leadership and caucuses

CTA Bill Positions

Check out CTA’s positions on current legislation


What To Know About CCA and Legislation

Processing CCA Legislation

Members are often interested in the processing of CCA legislation. Ideas for legislation come from CCA members, either individually or through committees. Those ideas are then discussed by the CCA Legislation and Advocacy Committee.  If the Legislation and Advocacy Committee supports an idea, it then goes to the CCA Policy Committee to make sure there is CTA policy that supports the proposed legislation. Then in June or October, the proposed bills, with their rationales, are presented to the CTA State Legislation Committee on behalf of CCA by the CCA Vice President and the CTA legislative advocate assigned to CCA.  These ideas are then sent to various departments of CTA for evaluation. If the bill is passed by CTA State Council, our Legislative Advocate then finds an author to carry the bill and lobbies for the bill as it makes its way through the state legislature.

Taking Positions on Legislation

CCA is a policy-driven organization. Therefore, positions on legislation must be supported by policy. (If policy does not exist, CCA is able to write policy in support — provided that it does not contradict existing policy.) For this reason, it is not always possible for a CCA officer or Board member to declare support for a particular bill or concept without going through existing policy. The CCA President is the official spokesperson for our organization.

The CCA Legislation and Advocacy Committee reviews all bills that refer to community colleges or higher education. It is our task to take positions on these bills, which are then approved by both CTA State Council and CCA Council. Once these positions are taken, the CTA Legislative Advocate assigned to CCA lobbies for our positions in the legislature.


Legislation and Advocacy Committee

The Legislation and Advocacy Committee is where CCA discusses all legislation that affects higher education. The Committee members for 2019-2020 include Randa B. Wahbe (Chair), Wendy Brill-Wynkoop, Linda Chan (Vice Chair), Vincent Devlahovich, John Martin, Julius Thomas, and Shaaron Vogel. Ex-officio voting members include Josue Arredondo and Josie Malik, Part-time Directors for South and North, respectively, and ex-officio, non-voting members are the CCA President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Our CTA Staff Liaisons are Efrain Mercado and Susan Midori Jones. For more information about the Committee, or to become an active member of the Committee, please contact the Committee Chair, CCA Vice President Randa Wahbe (vp.cca4us@gmail)


Federal Issues

Here are additional links on several key issues:
NEA: Higher Education Issues
NEA: Social Security Offsets (WEP and GPO)
NEA: Congressional Report Card



Previous Updates…

These are critical times for teachers’ unions across the nation. Here are some important resources for understanding issues directly affecting CCA members:

  • CalSTRS is NOT in Crisis!!! Do not begrudge me the pension I earned – Dana Dillon’s excellent piece makes a compelling case

NEA Sponsors EducationVotes.org

EducationVotes.nea.org is creating a nationwide call to action, organizing and mobilizing teachers across America. Let your voice be heard for educators and workers’ rights. This call-to-action organization believes that educators, school support staff, nurses, firefighters and other middle class workers are essential to the well-being and safety of our families and communities. Working Americans need to use the strength of our numbers to fight for better wages and benefits, job security and safer workplaces. We need balance that brings our leaders together to create quality jobs and solves the problems hurting middle class families across the country.


CCA Helps Launch Degrees not Debt in California

Did you know…

  • The average student owes $35,000, but some owe ten times as much.
  • Existing student debt now exceeds $1.2 trillion.Forty million people in the U.S. have student debt.
  • Student debt is higher than credit card debt in this country.More than 40 percent of 25-year-olds hold student debt.

As college costs skyrocket and federal student aid lags, too many students are forced to borrow staggering amounts of money to pay for higher education. The growing student debt crisis has prompted CTA and the National Education Association to launch a national campaign, Degrees Not Debt, aimed at reducing student loan debt through loan forgiveness programs, lower-repayment plans and reinvesting in higher education. Students aren’t the only ones affected by this crisis, as Cypress College English Professor Linda Borla reports.


Passed Legislation

CCA’s Part-time Faculty Job Security Bill Signed into Law

With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1379 by state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Cerritos) and AB 1690 into law on Sept. 30, 2016. SB 1379 is the amended version of CCA’s job security legislation for part-time faculty and creates minimum standards for part-time faculty within the California Community College system. The original bill, AB 1690, was authored by Assembly member Jose Medina, (D-Riverside).

“This was legislation our members wanted, we sponsored and worked hard to pass,” said Past CCA Vice President Bradley Reynolds. “Part-time job security is a cost-effective way for community colleges to keep the same part-time faculty semester after semester. Student success relies on a stable faculty and this legislation helps to ensure that.”

In a joint news release, Mendoza and Medina said that part-time faculty throughout the state are plagued by inconsistent employment practices across community college districts and an inability to negotiate fair reemployment rights. Together, AB 1690 and SB 1379 provide landmark provisions to improve workplace stability for part-time faculty at California Community Colleges. Under the new law, representatives for both faculty and the community college district must discuss and set standards for employment practices for that particular district, thus providing much-needed employment stability for faculty while allowing districts the flexibility to accommodate local needs.

Despite a requirement by AB 1725 passed in 1988 that 75 percent of community college classes be taught by full-time faculty, part-time faculty now far outnumber their full-time colleagues in the California community system. Yet the working conditions of adjunct faculty still lag behind on many campuses. Part-time faculty often have no guarantees that they will be teaching from term to term due to program changes, budget cuts, class enrollment and funding. Many times, part time faculty have shown up on the first day of classes only to discover a note on the door telling them their classes have been cut. This lack of security and respect has an impact on faculty and students at a time when student success has become more important than ever.

CCA/CTA’s co-sponsored legislation aims to change that by creating minimum standards for part-time faculty to be achieved through collective bargaining. By implementing minimum standards for evaluation procedures, workload distribution and seniority rights, part-time faculty can be ensured their students have access to continued quality instruction.